The Italian Parliament has voted in favor of the legalization of trade in “light” cannabis. Starting January 1, 2020, the country will ban the sale of hemp products, which contain no more than 0.5% of TGK.
Hemp will be sold in tobacco shops
Starting next year, residents of Italy will be able to purchase cannabinoid products in tobacco shops and stores specializing in hemp trade. Commercial establishments will sell hemp oil, marijuana, cosmetics, sweets and other foods with CBD and low THC content. The Italian Coldiretti Farmers Association enthusiastically accepted the decision of the parliamentarians. Representatives of the organization said that the area of hemp sowing increased 10 times over the period from 2013 to 2018 (from 400 to 4000 hectares).
Home Secretary Lost War Against Cannabis
On May 9, 2019, the Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini declared hemp warfare. He ordered law enforcement officials to close all cannabis stores and tighten control over merchants. The campaign against marijuana began under the slogan of Salvini: “We are unconditionally against any drugs and advocate healthy fun.”
On May 30, 2019, the Italian Supreme Court legalized the actions of the police by publishing a decree banning the sale of hemp products. Outlawed was the trade-in of any goods with cannabinoids, with the exception of raw materials. Entrepreneurs had to curtail their business or retrain for another field of activity. Luca Fiorentino, the founder of Cannabidiol Distribution, a hemp firm, told of the consequences of the judgment: “Because of the witch hunt that Salvini started, I had to fire 10 people and I lost 68% of my income. Fortunately, this nightmare finally ended.”
Trade-in light cannabis has a positive effect on crime
In 2016, a decree was adopted in Italy allowing cultivating, processing and selling industrial hemp varieties (up to 0.5% THC ). York University experts conducted a study and concluded that the legal cannabis trade hit the black market. According to experts, the revenue of drug dealers decreased by 223 million dollars a year. In addition, the volumes of confiscated marijuana and hashish decreased, and the number of convicted offenders for selling cannabis decreased. Italian lawmakers listened to the opinion of scientists and decided to cancel the court order.